Since 1998, the former „top secret“ artillery fortification in Vitznau with it’s impressive powerful cannons has been opened to public viewing.
Participate in a guided tour through endless galleries, combat areas, provision and accommodation wings, yes and even a small hospital hidden deep in the mountain. You may choose between a viewing of the entire fortress (1.5 hours) or, if you have enough time, an extended special exhibition (+ 30 mins.) can be made. You can also combine your visit to the fortress in Vitznau with an aperitif before or after the viewing (small aperitif, or the large aperitif which includes the original Swiss military cheese tarts.) Details can be found on the page PRIVATE VIEWINGS. We offer PUBLIC VIEWINGS once weekly from May until October and once monthly from November until April.
Spending an original „Swiss Army Night“ in the historical soldiers‘ bunks is surely an unforgettable experience for everyone! Or enjoy a wholesome military menu in the soldiers‘ mess hall deep in the caverns of the Rigi mountain. Or what about trying some cross-bow shooting for the entire group ? All inclusive packages with interesting combinations, including a cruise on the Lake of the Four Cantons or a journey up the Rigi with the mountain railroad. Details can be found on the page GROUP OFFERS
After consulting with our reservation office, the Tourism Office in Vitznau, you can visit the fortress anytime during the year. The fortress is easily accessible and always open for our registered guests.
Please contact our reservation office by e-mail : vitznau [at] luzern.com, by phone +41 (0) 41 397 01 86, or fill in the reservation application form on the page RESERVATIONS. For each reservation, you will receive a written confirmation from us with all the detailed information. After your visit in the fortress in Vitznau, we will send you a bill for our services. Please find the details under DOWNLOADS AGB’s.
(Steam-) Boat connections from Lucerne or Brunnen, as well as bus connections from Küssnacht and Brunnen to Vitznau. 15 minute Hike from the village (boat, bus and Rigi Railroad Station) to the fortress. The street is asphalted. A shuttle bus service is also available from the station to the fortress if specially required.
Journey with private transporation and coaches
Starting at the village center, between the Catholic Church and the Restaurant Rütli, you drive up 300 m on the road until you reach the parking place after driving past the Wissifluh cable car station. Parking is free of charge here for visitors of the Vitznau fortress. From there onwards, it is a 3 minute walk up to the entrance of the fortress. It is possible to drive directly up to the entrance of the fortess for loading and/or unloading of disabled or handicapped visitors.
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